Blunderbuss, Jack White’s debut solo album (LP review)

And to think, Blunderbuss wasn’t even supposed to be. Jack White recorded these songs on a whim (!), after he had been stood up in the studio by RZA. In those moments when you find yourself missing The White Stripes, listen to Blunderbuss.

And then send RZA a gift basket.

This excerpt taken from “Pretty Much Amazing,” pretty much says it all. I played the album as background music while I painted today and it literally made me stop and listen. I’m so happy Jack White finally came out with his own album because we all knew it would be worth the wait. He proved us right.

Since purchasing the album on vinyl, I’ve found myself mesmerized by the beauty and deeply felt emotions that resonate on this album. Jack White doesn’t have to give interviews about his personal life, just listen to the lyrics on this album and you’ll gain a better understanding of the man living in a beautiful yet twisted blunderbuss. His lyrics are dark, yet playful and meaningful; characteristics that embody Jack White at his core. He is quoted as saying, “I’ve put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.” The songs are superficially lighthearted but when you dedicate yourself to sitting down and giving the album your undivided attention, you realize this is no fairytale album. Jack White is showing you who he is, a romantic driven by emotion, passion and turmoil.

Tracklisting

1. “Missing Pieces”   3:27 2. “Sixteen Saltines”   2:37 3. “Freedom at 21”   2:51 4. “Love Interruption"   2:38 5. "Blunderbuss"   3:06 6. "Hypocritical Kiss"   2:50 7. "Weep Themselves to Sleep"   4:19 8. "I’m Shakin’" (Rudy Toombs) 3:00 9. “Trash Tongue Talker”   3:20 10. “Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy”   3:03 11. “I Guess I Should Go to Sleep”   2:37 12. “On and On and On”   3:55 13. “Take Me with You When You Go”